A resurgent Scotland go into Saturday’s game with Czech Republic as 3/2 favourites despite sitting 13 places below their opponents in the Fifa world rankings in 55th spot.
Craig Levein’s side have recorded four victories in their last six games after their previous five had brought just a single win against Liechtenstein.
Worryingly for Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek, Scotland’s upturn in fortunes has coincided with a slump in form from his own side.
Czech Republic have won just one of their last six games in a sequence which includes three defeats.
With Spain the only team to have beaten Scotland on home soil in the last 12 months – and even then it took a 79th-minute winner to give the world champions a 3-2 victory – it is understandable that Czech Republic are 37/20 outsiders in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Nevertheless, Bilek’s men sit five points above their hosts in Euro 2012 qualification group I and beat Scotland 1-0 in the return fixture in Prague.
With this in mind, any Scotland victory is likely to be extremely hard fought.
One thing working in Scotland’s favour is Czech Republic’s misfiring attack, which has failed to find the back of the net for the last three games.
As such, Scotland to keep a clean sheet could be worth backing at odds of 8/5.
A successful £25 free bet on Scotland to keep a clean sheet, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £65.
Meanwhile, any goals scored by Scotland are more likely to come in the second half than the first.
Of the 13 goals they have scored in the last 12 months, eight have come after the interval.
With this in mind, betting on a draw/Scotland win in the halftime/fulltime market at odds of 19/4 could prove the best option.
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